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Kvasha's goal, DiPietro's 34 saves buoy Islanders

CHICAGO (AP) -- Oleg Kvasha got the break he needed in overtime
to lift the New York Islanders past the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kvasha scored off a rebound at 3:02 of the extra period, and
Rick DiPietro made 34 saves in the Islanders' 2-1 victory Tuesday
night.

"When the puck bounced in there, I skated into it and I held my
stick so tight," Kvasha said. "It was, like, incredible. I think
I started it shaking because I couldn't see the puck. When I saw it
cross the line, it was a relief."

Kvasha beat Adam Munro from the edge of the crease after the
Chicago rookie goalie stopped Jason Blake's shot.

"I made the first save and tried to get it in the corner and
obviously it didn't go far enough," Munro said. "It was kind of
wobbling in the air. I went to go whack at it and just missed it
and the other guy knocked it out of the air. I could have gotten it
just as easily as he could have. The break went his way this
time."

Alexei Yashin also scored for New York, coming off an 8-1 home
to loss to Vancouver on Saturday night when DiPietro was pulled in
the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. The
Islanders are 3-9-0 in their last 12 games and 2-1 since Brad Shaw
took over as interim coach following Steve Stirling's firing.

"This is grind-it-out hockey and we don't have any room for
mistakes," DiPietro said. "Tonight was good stepping stone."

Shaw praised the U.S. Olympic goalie.

"I thought in the last 30 minutes he was the best player on the
ice," Shaw said. "I thought his rebound control was great. I
thought his moving of the puck was outstanding. He made probably
seven or eight key saves for us down in the last 25-30 minutes."

Jim Vandermeer scored for the Blackhawks, 2-11-2 in their last
15 games and 1-8-2 in their last 11 at home.

Munro, making his third straight start, made 21 saves. Top
goalie Nikolai Khabibulin missed his 10th straight game because of
a groin pull, but has resumed taking shots in practice.

When Khabibulin returns, Munro figures to replace Craig Anderson
as the backup.

"He basically earned it," Chicago coach Trent Yawney said.
"Three goalies is a crowd. So something has to be done. I think
that he took advantage of his opportunity and it's not like the
other guy didn't get an opportunity."

Yashin opened the scoring on a power play at 8:57 of the second,
beating Munro high on the glove side with a screened shot from just
inside the left point. The goal was Yashin's 16th of the season and
second in his last 10 games.

DiPietro made a point-blank pad save on Mark Bell with 5:30 left
in the second period. Bell was left open at the low edge of the
right circle and fired after taking a pass from Martin Lapointe.

Vandermeer scored a power-play goal with 3 minutes left in the
second.

Taking advantage of a turnover at center ice and an ill-timed
New York personnel change, Vandermeer had room to skate down the
left wing. He faked DiPietro to the ice and scored from 15 feet.

With 5:30 left in the third, Bell fired a shot wide when he was
uncovered at the edge of the crease.

"I thought we were really coming along there and had quite a
few chances to score," Munro said. "DiPietro played a real
outstanding game from my point of view and kept them in there long
enough that the overtime goal was just the break they needed."

The Islanders closed the third period on a power play after Bell
was called for delay of game with 1:28 left.

Game notes
The Blackhawks finished play against the Eastern Conference
at 4-2-4. ... Chicago D Adrian Aucoin missed the game because of a
groin strain, F Curtis Brown sat out with a knee strain, and F
Patrick Sharp was scratched because of the flu. ... Islanders F
Mattias Weinhandl, D Chris Campoli and D John Erskine were healthy
scratches. ... New York D Brad Lukowich returned after missing
three games because of strained ribs.